97 episodes

The Irish History Show is presented and produced by Cathal Brennan and John Dorney. In each episode, the presenters will look at different aspects of Irish history with expert guests from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

The Irish History Show Cathal Brennan and John Dorney

    • History
    • 4.7 • 97 Ratings

The Irish History Show is presented and produced by Cathal Brennan and John Dorney. In each episode, the presenters will look at different aspects of Irish history with expert guests from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

    97 The Nine Years War

    97 The Nine Years War

    The Nine Year War in Ireland took place in Ireland from 1593 to 1603. The rebellion was led by Hugh O'Neill and Red Hugh O'Donnell and was a response to the Tudor Conquest in Ireland. The rebellion began in Ulster but eventually spread throughout the whole country. There were some significant Irish victories such as Clontibret and Yellow Ford but the Battle of Kinsale saw the English win a pivotal victory against the Irish and their Spanish allies.







    (Unfotunately, when we were discussing the marriages of Hugh O'Neill, we referred to Mabel Bagenal as the former wife of Henry Bagenal. She was Henry's sister and she eloped with Hugh O'Neill, much to the anger of Henry Bagenal.)







    We have recently started a Patreon page for The Irish Story website and The Irish History Show. Please follow the link and your support is greatly appreciated. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=29204818







    Intro / Outro music “Sliabh” from Aislinn. Licensed under creative commons from the free music archive.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    96 The Desmond Rebellions

    96 The Desmond Rebellions

    The Desmond Rebellions occurred in 1569–1573 and 1579–1583 in the Irish province of Munster. They were rebellions by the Earl of Desmond, the head of the FitzGerald dynasty in Munster, and his followers, the Geraldines and their allies, against the threat of the extension of the English government over the province. The rebellions were motivated primarily by the desire to maintain the independence of feudal lords from their monarch but also had an element of religious antagonism between Catholic Geraldines and the Protestant English state. They culminated in the destruction of the Desmond dynasty and the plantation or colonisation of Munster with English Protestant settlers. 







    Two articles here from the Irish Story website on the Desmond Rebellions:







    The First Desmond Rebellion.







    The Second Desmond Rebellion.







    We have recently started a Patreon page for The Irish Story website and The Irish History Show. Please follow the link and your support is greatly appreciated. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=29204818







    Intro / Outro music “Sliabh” from Aislinn. Licensed under creative commons from the free music archive.

    • 57 min
    95 The 1923 General Election in the Irish Free State

    95 The 1923 General Election in the Irish Free State

    On this episode of the Irish History Show we discussed the 1923 General Election in the Irish Free State. The election for the fourth Dáil was held on the 27th of August 1923. It was the first general election held since the establishment of the Irish Free State on the 6th of December 1922. The election was held in aftermath of the Irish Civil War, which had only ended a few short months before.







    UCD Press has recently published a new book on the 1923 election called Vying for Victory. The book is edited by Mel Farrell, Elaine Callinan and Thomas Tormey and we were very pleased to be joined by Mel and Elaine on the show.







    Both Dr. Elaine Callinan and Dr. Mel Farrell lecture in Irish history at Carlow College, St. Patrick's.







    We have recently started a Patreon page for The Irish Story website and The Irish History Show. Please follow the link and your support is greatly appreciated. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=29204818







    Intro / Outro music “Sliabh” from Aislinn. Licensed under creative commons from the free music archive.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    94 The Army Mutiny 1924

    94 The Army Mutiny 1924

    On this episode of the Irish History Show we discussed the Irish Army Mutiny of 1924. In March 1924 about 50 officers of the Free State’s National Army, who were set to be demobilised in the post- Civil War reduction of the Army, seized weapons and abandoned their posts. Led by erstwhile Army Director of Intelligence Liam Tobin and Charles Dalton, they delivered an ultimatum to the government, demanding that the Army Council, headed by Richard Mulcahy, resign and that they and their associates be given prominent commands.







    They also demanded that the Army be purged of former British Army officers and that progress be made towards Michael Collins’ ideal of an all-Ireland Republic. Some contacts were made with interned anti-Treaty IRA prisoners to make common cause against the Free State government, though they were generally rejected by the anti-Treatyites, Civil War wounds being very fresh at the time.







    Today the mutiny is often dismissed as a mere farce. These were however very dangerous men. Most had served in Collins’ IRA Squad and Intelligence Department in the War of Independence.







    We have recently started a Patreon page for The Irish Story website and The Irish History Show. Please follow the link and your support is greatly appreciated. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=29204818







    Intro / Outro music “Sliabh” from Aislinn. Licensed under creative commons from the free music archive.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    93 The Civil War in Kerry and the Terror Month

    93 The Civil War in Kerry and the Terror Month

    On this episode of the Irish History Show we discussed the Civil War in Kerry. We discussed Kerry during the War of Independence and the situation in the county at the time of the Truce, the reaction to the Anglo - Irish Treaty by the Republican movement and how the Civil War progressed in the county.







    We covered the atrocities that were carried out in Kerry during the Civil War and the personalities involved.







    Here is a link to a recent article by John Dorney about reprisals during the Civil War.







    Apologies as there are some issues with the audio during the podcast.







    We have recently started a Patreon page for The Irish Story website and The Irish History Show. Please follow the link and your support is greatly appreciated. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=29204818







    Intro / Outro music “Sliabh” from Aislinn. Licensed under creative commons from the free music archive.

    • 1 hr
    92 Liam Lynch

    92 Liam Lynch

    On this episode of the Irish History Show we were joined by Gerard Shannon to discuss his new biography of Liam Lynch.







    During the War of Independence, Liam Lynch was the officer in command of the Cork No. 2 Brigade of the IRA and later commander of the First Southern Division. He opposed the Anglo - Irish Treaty and during the Civil War he was Chief of Staff of the Anti - Treaty IRA.







    Gerard Shannon is a historian from Skerries in Co. Dublin. In 2019 he wrote his MA thesis, for the School of History and Geography in Dublin City University, on Liam Lynch. Gerard has also written numerous articles for the Irish Story website.







    We have recently started a Patreon page for The Irish Story website and The Irish History Show. Please follow the link and your support is greatly appreciated. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=29204818







    Intro / Outro music “Sliabh” from Aislinn. Licensed under creative commons from the free music archive.

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Irish gal 333 ,

Super Irish History podcast

Fantastic Irish history podcast , very well researched and told in an interesting and entertaining way ,keep up the great podcasts.
Sean Yonkers New York

Slanebrain ,

TREMENDOUS!

Well produced, researched and presented! Informative, historically accurate and it shines the light of history on underreported aspects of Irish history throughout the ages!

BillBlaster1 ,

Great Summary of Important Events

John & Cathal do a great job of summarizing Irish history. I’ve learned a great deal from both, and recommend this podcast highly.

Top Podcasts In History

The Rest Is History
Goalhanger Podcasts
American Scandal
Wondery
Throughline
NPR
You're Wrong About
Sarah Marshall
American History Tellers
Wondery
The Curious History of Your Home
NOISER

You Might Also Like

Irish History Podcast
Fin Dwyer
The History Show
RTÉ Radio 1
Three Castles Burning
Donal Fallon
The Irish Passport
The Irish Passport
Documentary on One Podcast
RTÉ Documentary on One
The BelTel
Belfast Telegraph